The Heidegger will mess with you, big time. Might provoke a shift in paradigm. Or it may just leave you totally confused. Most likely a bit of both…
“Birthday Letters” is the “He Said” version of Plath’s (She Said), Journals, albeit in a verse format. If you know their story (and of course you do) it off-sets what you read as an over wrought freshman. Here, the black marauder reveals their shared journey and his single loss. I enjoyed it and I’m not a Hughes fan.
I have just acquired the same copy of Ashbery’s selected poems. I am finding him really difficult to read so far. I constantly find myself not understanding, but being okay with that because it all sounds so good. You’ve got some interesting reads piled up there! Have you finished them by now?
I actually have gotten through that pile! The Heidegger took a fair amount of time and effort. I’d already read “Dreamtigers” and “Metaphors We Live By” when I bought these. And the Ashberry and Hughes were a real treat, though I definitely agree with you that Ashberry doesn’t always “make sense”, at least not logistically and overtly.
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